The Sunday Telegraph

Today’s radio choice Charlotte Runcie


Desert Island Discs


The American cellist Yo-Yo Ma is Lauren Laverne’s castaway this week on Desert Island Discs, choosing the eight favourite tracks, book and luxury item that he would take with him away to an isolated tropical paradise.

Musicians are always particular­ly engaging castaways; how do they narrow down their life in music to a choice of just eight pieces? Yo-Yo Ma’s career extends beyond music, too, having collaborat­ed in the design of the Bach-inspired music garden in Toronto, and been a UN Peace Ambassador.

Parky: My Kind of Jazz with Sir Michael Parkinson


This evening there begins on Jazz FM a new six-part series in which the broadcaste­r Michael Parkinson shares his favourite jazz artists and records from his collection.

He reflects on the jazz stars that he has interviewe­d over the years and tells stories of where he first heard his most-loved songs. Tonight, the focus is on interviews and performanc­es with the drummer and bandleader Buddy Rich, who gave his final interview to Parkinson just two weeks before he died.

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